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Poster: reviewr Date: Jun 15, 2012 9:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Favorite Official Release

So, I have a lot of the official releases, but even more that I don't have.

The real stand-outs for me (in chronological order) are:
DP 22 (2/23 and 2/24/68)
DP 2 (10/31/71)
Steppin' Out (England '72)
DP 1 (12/19/73)
DP 12 (6/26 and 6/28/74)

What are your thoughts?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 16, 2012 3:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Ah, good one...sure I've answered it before, but here goes:

Studio: Am Beauty hands down. Workman close second. Long gap from these to ANY others. Right? Right!

Live: with everything out there now, I really do find that TFTVault, as someone already mentioned, is a nice representation of the early, high energy live material, that dareIsayit, almost surpasses LiveDEAD/Fillmoreboxedset. The later would've been the choice for many years, but the orig LiveDEAD one seems downgraded a bit (bizarre, I know) due to the cherry picking aspect, though great, and the boxed set is just overlong. The 68 "infant" level for the two suites gives them some more punch and youthful energy that I (duh) really go for...

So yeah, I'd go with those two for now: ABeauty + TFTVault.

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Poster: Piles Date: Jun 16, 2012 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

DP19 10/19/73 probably gets played the most for me. But DP 8, DP 16, DP 22 and Ladies and Gentlemen.... aren't too far behind.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 17, 2012 5:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

DP 05-06-1981
DP 09-03-1977
DP 05-02-1970
Road Trips 06-16, 18-1974
Ladies and Gentlemen
Grateful Dead: The Movie Soundtrack

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jun 16, 2012 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Excluding box sets, I'd go with Steppin Out. A ton of great music there. DP36 is up there too, as I think it's the best show ever played and the bonus tracks are strong. It's a pretty big drop down to #3, but DP12 (summer 74) has some magnificent jamming. And DP2 (71) has to be the best single disk I've ever stumbled upon.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 16, 2012 9:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Egypt 78 ?
Rocking the Cradle (til you have to clean up baby puke)

I can hear the boo's and feel the tomatos and glass bottles
that are being throw at me through cyber-space.

Hey, at least I didnt say Skeletons From the Closet...

I seriously have both though, HA. The 78 DVD is just OK.
Its the packaging that always gets a laugh.

Totally agree with snori.
(1 from the vault was my very first official
release purchase, so it is VERY dear to my heart)
and Larry has some of my favs in there as well ,even though some of those cut up RTs piss me off.

There are so many, and you really cant go wrong.
I would have to stay in May 77 (just for this Q) and say:
5-19-77 (DP 29) and
5-28-77 (Terrapin to Hartford)

And the Offical Release of SSDD 1972 from Veneta, OR.

What?? They havent released that yet? Are you kidding?
What are these people thinkin???? (rhetorical, please, no
serious comments to that :) )

And where are all the hyperlinks to these shows?
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh right, right, right.......

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Poster: Space Jogger Date: Jun 17, 2012 7:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

I thought Egypt '78 was a great release. I'm not sure why it doesn't get more love. The sound quality is among the best, if not the best of all the live releases. The bonus disc is critical to have though. The 'Estimated'->'Eyes' is quite sweet and should not be missed. I really like the 'Row Jimmy'. It has an approach that seems different and I enjoy Bob's playing on it.

I found 'To Terrapin' the most disappointing to my ears. The 'Sugaree' is cool and the rest of the first set has some moments, but the second set really doesn't grab me. Maybe I need to give it another listen...

EDIT: OK, so I just listened to Disc 3 of 'To Terrapin' and I did enjoy it. Strong 'Estimated', interesting 'Playin', nice 'Terrapin' with Jerry varying the melody jam during the bridge a little. I really liked the transition from 'NFA' to 'Wharf Rat' and 'Playin' reprise almost shoots some pre-hiatus sparks. Good stuff all-around, but compared to other shows from this tour, far from my favorite...

Great post! at least you got me to listen to 'To Terrapin' again!

This post was modified by Space Jogger on 2012-06-17 14:15:12

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 17, 2012 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Got you listen~ Funny.
now you're gonna make me listen again! dammit hahaha

nice response...

My logic for the Egypt Disc was I am a sucker for DVDs,
and I thought if any'famous' shows could USE an upgrade,
was the Egypt ones. Any copy I ever heard sounded like
crap, and I went for it when I saw it at Barnes & yourbroke.
Can you follow that? Dont get me wrong, I do enjoy it when
I put it on. But its not that high on the list ( kinda
like your To Terrapin). I can see what you are saying
given the whole May 77 Smörgåsbord as well SJ.

But pleeeease dont tell me you like the E 78 packaging.
it is to laugh at :)

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Poster: Space Jogger Date: Jun 17, 2012 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

I do like the E 78 packaging. It is humorous, but there is more to it. If you open it up and align it on a straight line pointing to Cairo during a lunar eclipse and say Sugaree three times Jerry's spirit will appear and grant you a wish...

I wished for Furthur to play Lazy Lightning when I see them in Pawtucket, RI next month...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 15, 2012 10:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Greetings from North Male Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean! No beer here :(

Road Trips Vol. II No. 2 gets a lots play, particularly the bonus material.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Jun 16, 2012 8:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Do you like being WAY over there? Fun, or missing home?

Maybe you can be a GD ambassador and "turn on" the Muslims :).

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Jun 20, 2012 1:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Cliff, you need to work on those business assignments. There are plenty of predominantly Islamic countries with beer AND great diving. Try Indonesia. Bintang isn't anything to write home about, but the sea life makes up for it.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jun 16, 2012 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Wow. You just sent me to Google Maps. Is this business or pleasure? And why no beer?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 16, 2012 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Business trip, air-shipping fresh Yellowfin Tuna back to the U.S.

Maldives are an Islamic country. No beer and no dogs!

The atoll I'm on has no developed tourism. I've been eating tuna curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past four days, dreaming of a cold beer! Luckily I'm headed back to Sri Lanka tomorrow. And Beer :)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 16, 2012 9:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Great diving and snorkeling...maybe that doesn't get you going though, eh?

;)

Seriously, I could see that being the case.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 17, 2012 1:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

It's just fine here. World class diving and surfing!

However, I spend much of my time inside a fish processing plant grading tuna for export to the U.S. I usually get an hour or so of snorkeling in daily. Unfortunately, the atoll I'm is not one of the better for diving. Visibility and marine life are limited from the spots I'm able to access from shore. I do however, see two world class surfing breaks on the reef passes between the island I'm on and the adjacent island. "Honky's" is a classic refracting left break and "Jail Breaks" a speedy down the line right. Both are accessible only by boat.

It's not the coolest place that my tuna travels have brought me to. The food is rather limited and no nightlife other than watching the Euoro Cup, but I'm making the best of it. Did I mention no beer here...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 17, 2012 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

V cool! Thx for posting, and Happy Trails!

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jun 16, 2012 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Very interesting life you've created.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 16, 2012 10:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Hello global traveler! No beer must hurt (Muslim?). The Maldivies always geographically looked like a weird country. Is it all shifting sands and low lying islands?

Happy Trails!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHFU38cN0rA

(Hopefully you can listen to it. Sweet SBD @1:10 on)

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Poster: dylan&theded Date: Jun 18, 2012 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Winterland 73

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 16, 2012 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

'Three from the Vault' doesn't get the attention it deserves - a great show from a great run. Fillmore East 02-11-69 is a real treat - early and late shows.

You might also consider the JGB live double CD from 1991. I go back to that a lot, and this period JGB is better than anything Van Morrison does.


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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jun 16, 2012 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

DP 23
DP 36
DP 15
DP 10
DP 18
DP 22
Two From the Vault

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Poster: Space Jogger Date: Jun 17, 2012 4:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release


Dicks Picks 31

Choice selections from 8/4-5-6/1974

Best 'Eyes' all-time
Two 'Playin' (one with a 'Scarlet' sandwich)
Top 5 all-time 'Weather Report'->'Wharf Rat'
Top 10 all-time 'Half-Step'->'Roses' (if not Top 5)
Strong 'Truckin'->'Jam'
Jammed out 'Uncle Johns'
Another strong 'Scarlet'
Great 'China'->'Rider'
Strong 'Jack Straw'

The whole release is next level!

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Poster: reviewr Date: Jun 22, 2012 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

I bought this CD when it was first released, but somehow always seem to pass it by (I like DP12 and some unofficials better for '74). After your recommendation, I've been revisiting it this past week.

I find disk 2 (including WRS> Jam> Wharf Rat) only fair for the era, but the rest is "next level". Especially disk 4 (Eyes, Playin'> Scarlet> Playin', Uncle John's).

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 16, 2012 10:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

Well, what most everyone else has said . I might add the GD movie "soundtrack "set , and the 1969 FIllomre West set . And since I have commented on the June 76 shows recently , RT4 ,Nr 5 - June 9, 12 _1976 .

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jun 16, 2012 4:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Official Release

These are the ones that i tend to reach for the most. No particular order:

One From the Vault (8-13-75)
DP2
DP8 (5-2-70)
RT2-2
RT2-3 (6-16 and 6-18-74)
RT4-5 (6-9-76)
DaP1 (5-25-77)
Winterland '73 box
Europe '72 box (replaced Steppin' Out and Rockin' the Rhein)
DaP2 (7-31-74) is currently in the rotation and while i really love the Truckin' and jams the follow, it is too early to tell if this one will have staying power.